^ Actually it was me who mentioned those points, as I've been told by folks from Venezuela. It's not about some media report or some article (of whatever ideology), but about how a lot of Venezuelans feel about the situation and what they've gone through. Granted the populous, poorest sector will always praise you if throw money or food their way, regardless of how inept the government may be in the handling of a country. Go ask those people how Venezuela is doing, they will still sing you all the praises upon their populist leaders. That does not mean a country is doing well on the economy, or social stability, or any other front.